How to Prevent Text Drag and Drop in Word 2013

Working on a long document or report in Word 2013 is usually a great experience. You have a number of tools at your disposal to simplify the process, and taking advantage of these tools can help to dramatically decrease the amount of time that you spend editing or writing. But there are some features that are turned on by default which can cause you some headaches. This is particularly true when you are using a laptop with a trackpad and you have drag and drop functionality enabled. This makes it easy to inadvertently select a string of text and drag and drop it to an incorrect location. This can be frustrating, and sometimes difficult to notice. If this is a problem that you are having, you can follow the steps below to disable text dragging and dropping in Word 2013.


Prevent Accidental Mistakes Caused by Drag and Drop in Word 2013

This is a feature that is turned on by default in Word 2013, and is often the culprit if you find that a sentence or fragment of text is in a location that it should not be. And if you don’t consciously use the drag and drop feature then it is only going to serve as a potential problem. Luckily you can follow this tutorial to quickly and easily disable the feature.


Step 1: Launch Word 2013.


Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.

click the file tab



Step 3: Click Options at the bottom of the column on the left side of the window.

click options at the left side of the window



Step 4: Click the Advanced tab in the left column of the Word Options window.

click advanced at the left side of the word options window



Step 5: Click the box to the left of Allow text to be dragged and dropped to remove the check mark.

how to disable drag and drop in word 2013



Step 6: Click the OK button at the bottom of the window to apply your changes and close the window.



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If you don’t like the way your text looks in Word 2013, you can also change the default font in Word 2013.

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